I didn’t always want to be a lawyer when I grew up. I wanted to be a therapist or a clinical psychologist. My dad begged me to consider law school, but I was adamant. After college, I spent a year working in a psychiatric hospital and then 3.5 years doing social work in child abuse prevention as a family preservation specialist where I worked directly with at-risk families to avoid having their kids removed by DHS. I even started a Master’s program to become a therapist, going to class in the evenings two days per week while still holding down my full-time job. But something happened early on that made me reevaluate my goals.
My son, Tristan, was due to be born about a week before my first class in my Master’s program was set to start. Ever cautious, I tracked down the emails for my future professors as soon as I had their names and informed them I’d likely be missing the first day of class and why. I didn’t miss that first class, though. Tristan was late. It seems to be a family trait. I did miss my second class though. But I was back in my seat the following Monday, ready to pursue my goals.
At that same time, the State of Oklahoma started slashing funding for mental health. People were losing their jobs, taking pay cuts, being furloughed. I watched this happening around me as I held my newborn baby boy and imagined what kind of life I’d be able to provide. Suddenly I felt like I was on a sinking ship and had to get off. After talking to my dad, I decided to give that law school thing a shot after all.
I attended law school at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Before graduating in 2014, I interned one summer for the Honorable Doris Fransein, Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court in Tulsa County. During my final year of law school, I completed an internship/externship with the Tulsa County Public Defenders Office which gave me my first taste of felony criminal defense.
Since graduating and passing the bar exam, I’ve had the absolute privilege of practicing law alongside my dad. He, himself, got to practice with his father – my grandfather. My grandfather passed away when I was still young, but I’m sure he would be proud to see that the firm he started is carrying on for a third generation of Farrar lawyers. Let me tell you something about Farrar lawyers: for some reason, they’re drawn to the underdog. They’re passionate about representing regular people as they face down the powers that be. And I’m no different. My main focus areas are areas where my unique background can give me an edge: Family Law, Juvenile Law, Criminal Defense.
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
Oklahoma Association for Justice
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
American Psychology Law Society
Authoritarian Jurors and How to Spot Them. Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal -- OBJ 89 pg. 13 (May 2018)